Definition of carpel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːp(ə)l/


The female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, a stigma, and usually a style. It may occur singly or as one of a group.
Example sentences
  • The terminal female flowers consist of two or three carpels and no other organs.
  • Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.
  • In the center of a typical flower are the carpels, modified leaves which enclose the ovules.



Pronunciation: /kɑːˈpɛləri/
Example sentences
  • Moreover, newer technologies for peeling and sectioning grapefruit yield whole segments, with carpellary membranes largely intact.


Mid 19th century: from French carpelle or modern Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos 'fruit'.

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Line breaks: car¦pel

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